October 25, 2011

Jefferson City - The Missouri Department of Higher Education is accepting applications for grants to fund projects that help low income students attend college. A letter of intent to apply for the grant is due by Dec. 1, 2011. The completed application is due Dec. 22, 2011.

The College Access Challenge Grant program, administered by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, was passed by Congress in 2007. In 2012, MDHE will distribute about $1.5 million. Maximum grant amounts will be $100,000.

Not-for-profit organizations or consortia may apply for the grants, which must be matched with nonfederal funds (one dollar of matching funds for every two dollars of grant funds). The grants are intended to pay for projects that provide information and outreach to students who may be at risk of not enrolling in or completing college.

Derrick Haulenbeek, grant administrator, said the grants help students and families realize that a college education is a realistic goal for low income, first generation or minority students. "Grant recipients provide a network of services to students and families as they prepare for college, whether it is from a financial planning standpoint or from an academic support standpoint," Haulenbeek said. "These grants are serving a wide range of students and families throughout the state of Missouri."

More information and application forms may be obtained on the Missouri Department of Higher Education Website at www.dhe.mo.gov/collegeaccess.shtml